Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Tending my

It was so much fun to take the time to plant my pretties...and that has given me the excuse to spend a little more time in the yard. Our beautiful days are cooling off a bit, but that's fine. Things are definitely waking up and starting to bloom, so even if it's still cold where you me--Spring really is coming!

I adore these little double impatiens...

It'll be interesting to see how long this hydrangea lasts by the front door. You know, before some huge-footed teenager comes barging into the house some evening. It WILL happen.

Aren't you glad your name isn't "Scabiosa"? Poor little dears!

Why must I continue to plant things that make me sneeze? Why ask why?

Well, I can't help any of you with your springtime planting, but maybe you'd like to make a "Nest" pillow of your own? It's my very favorite project from my book, and though I've given away books before, seems like the right time to send one off again! If you'd like a copy, leave a comment and I'll see if I can find a guinea pig to draw a name this weekend.


Blogger Amanda said...

I would love to win a book from you! How sweet!

I'm looking forward to planting some things when it gets warmer here in KY.


10:46 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Those little purple flowers look like the pincushion blooms that I have in my backyard. They're so cute. Now if someone could cure allergies I think there would be a line miles long at all the nurseries. :-)

Your book looks delightful. I didn't realize that all of the letters in your work were appliques. For some reason I thought it was from a print. I'd love to be in your drawing please. Have a good week!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Winona said...

I love the 'nest' pillow. Please enter me in your drawing. I enjoy your blog.

11:47 AM  
Blogger katie said...

Hi, I love your blog and website. I would love a chance at winning your book. Thanks, Katie

11:58 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Oh, I would love to be entered in your drawing!
Your flowers are so lovely - I'm so happy it's that time of the year again!

12:04 PM  
Blogger kjquilts said...

Pick me little pig! Pick me! I'd love to win your book!

12:16 PM  
Blogger paula, the quilter said...

What is it about teenagers and big feet? I could never keep anything nice by the front door! Please enter me into your drawing. Thx.

1:07 PM  
Blogger huskerbeck said...

Oh - I'm envious of your flowers. It's still too cold to plant anything here in Idaho, but it's getting closer every day. I'd love to be in your book drawing, too!
Thanks :)

1:20 PM  
Blogger Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I've planted out a few hardy little things too. I can't wait until I can plant more!

1:40 PM  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Your pots and urns looked great today! Love my box of stuff, just need to get to work now!

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh....wishing, hoping, fingers crossed and thinking lucky!!! Love your pretty garden and thank you for the chance to win your lovely book. Hugs, Annie from San Diego

2:17 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

How pretty it all looks! I love the pillow and would like to have a chance to win your bok. Thanks!

2:32 PM  
Blogger lilsis said...

I have fresh veggies and other yummy piggy treats!! ;)

It is wonderful to see it is spring somewhere... we hit 40 today for the first time in what seems like eons.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Barbie Jo said...

Anxious for my flowers to start blooming. Love your pretty pillow and would love a chance to win your book.
PS, love the pics of your cute piggies. We had one names Hoppy that lived 7 years and ate a whole carrot every day!
Barbie Jo

3:00 PM  
Blogger Sequana said...

We're still having snow showers at night here in Chicago. If I win the book, maybe I can really begin to think SPRING........

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Lorraine said...

Love all your spring photos....looking forward to Autumn here and hopefully some rain! Please enter me in your draw. Have just created a blog after spending a lot of time reading others and am enjoying the experience - the network is huge!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to the whole blogging thing and I love yours! I check it everyday, a bit to often.You have inspired me to start sewing again and i thank you for this. I would love to win your book, I saw some of your patterns at a darling new fabric store here in Utah, Material Girls.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

Oh, I wish Spring would get here! Scabosia is Latin for Pincushion Flower, appropriate for a quilter! I love the way the flowers nod in the breeze. Have a great week. Cheers and a hug to Marvin.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a terrible gardener, so all your work looks great to me.

I'd also love to win your book, that cushion is so pretty. :)

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Maria said...

We don't even have crocuses yet! The snow is still melting. So yes, I'd love a book because my projects certainly don't include gardening!

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Lynne in Hawaii said...

Spring planting happens year round here! We love our flowers too. I'd love to win your book. Enjoy your blog.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

Elizabeth: I've been planting, also. Can't get enough of this georgeous weather. Impatiens are my favorites.

8:44 PM  
Blogger Joan said...

Spring has been teasing us in Maryland with a couple of warm days, then back to colder temps. How sweet of you to give away a book--I would love to win it.

I love you too, Marvin.


6:02 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I'd love to win your book, it looks beautiful! I spent yesterday raking out my flower beds, which the deer promptly trampled through and broke some of my daffodils. I'm not sure why I garden, except to feed the deer! :o) Maybe I should garden in my quilts...

8:06 AM  
Blogger eamylove said...

Oh, that Nest pillow is so beautiful - I MUST make one! If I would win your book, I could start soon, so please pick me! I'm going to have to buy one if I don't win. Sweet, sweet, sweet!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Great photos of your new spring plants! Please enter me in your drawing, I would love to win your book.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog. Thanks so much for sharing with us. Please enter my name in the drawing!
Diane Gill

1:40 PM  
Anonymous sandy said...

what a great blog you have. Would love to have those flowers in my yard right now. As here in Central Oregon it snowed last night. Maybe a new book with some springy things would help.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jeannie said...

Oh Melvin, please accept my appologies for messing up your name. I know better than to comment during a migraine haze. I am so, so sorry.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Ginger Patches said...

Oh a book giveaway my favorite kind...well that and fabric lol! I love your guinea pigs by the way...we used to have them and seeing yours makes me want them again :)

11:15 PM  
Blogger Vickie E said...

You are so generous to give a book away. I love reading your blog and see what mischief you and Pam get into. I'd like to let you know that the newest quilt shop in my vacation hometown are carrying your patterns.

2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth! I love your blog! I would love to be in your book drawing, thanks.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Thank you for the photos of the flowers! It's good to know that spring is on it's way. I'd love for your book to find a "nest" at my house.

Take care!

5:11 AM  
Blogger osagebluffquilter said...

Oh the signs of spring are so beautiful on your pages. Here in Missouri we are still chillin'. Had hail 4 times yesterday evening. I can hardly wait to see my plants bloom like yours!

5:11 AM  
Blogger Sarah and Jack said...

That nest pillow is lovely. And making me wonder why I don't have that book yet! LOL

5:49 AM  
Blogger jlk said...

What a darling pillow! Sign me up for the contest.

6:34 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Oh I am sure there are several sweet things in your book my new granddaughter must have! Please sign me up too.

6:53 AM  
Blogger erica ernstrom said...

beautiful flowers and pillow!

6:55 AM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Hmmm, you might get this twice -- blogger seems to be having trouble this morning -- to include that your pictures aren't loading so I can't see your pretty pillow and flowers. But I KNOW they're pretty LOL! Oh, and ME, ME, please pick ME!!!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm totally in.

Your pictures are so sweet, spring is coming. I'm sure and I can't wait for my brown lawn and dormant yard to burst into spring green. My yard is kind of like how I quilt. LOTS of stuff going on.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love hydrangeas. I have yet to plant one - but I always want to buy them.

And one of your books? Love them too.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Nermal and Kitty said...

Love your blog-came over from Pam Kitty. Also like the perky spring flowers. Still a little too cool here in TN to stay out overnite.
Love the pillow & would love a peek at the book. Nerm

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and have been eying your book for a while. Add my name and let the guinea pig pick me. Your flowers are lovely, but too early here in N. Georgia for impatiens. My pansies and violas will do for now. Linda

2:41 PM  
Blogger Mary Anne said...

Such pretty flowers .... we're still looking at mostly mud, but a few things are up an inch or two.

.....and that pillow .... VERY CUTE!! I'd love a chance to win your book!

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

I love the pillow. Would love the book. Glad PKM sent us to your site. Vicki at

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

I just love to visit your cosy blog and simply adore your NEST cushion. Please include me in your giveaway. Happy stitching!

11:24 PM  
Blogger Wylie said...

Your nest cushion is lovely, as are your flowers. My garden is still sleeping, but you inspire me to get out and start waking it up! Please enter me in your drawing. Happy spring! Wylie

10:07 AM  
Blogger Dandelion Quilts said...

I thought I left you a comment earlier, but perhaps I got distracted! Love your snowed here yesterday...count your blessings from mother nature. :) I'd love your book.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi there! I just found your blog and have to tell you that I don't live too far from the Bay Area - Modesto to be exact.

Please enter me to win your book. Would be honored to have it in my collection and know I'd enjoy it.


8:06 PM  
Blogger Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

BTW, we have a common friend...Jean who made the Scotty cone a few posts back. I just found that whilst viewing your posts. Small world!!


8:08 PM  
Anonymous cathy said...

I'd be honored if Melvin picked me and I'm sure I could put your book to good use!!! Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you so much, Cathy a fellow Livermoron

9:57 PM  
Blogger ~D Spack~ said...

I wanna win, I wanna win!!! Love those fabrics you and PKM are having fun with! Thanks!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. Come to my place for a chance get something on my giveaway (and send your readers)by Monday night.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous amber said...

Spring is my favorite time of year. I'd love to have something new to create! Amber

6:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm reading your blog for the first time. What a joy! If I'm not too late, please include my name in your drawing! poolelisa2003 at yahoo dot com.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Perry said...

I would love to win one of your books. Your impatiens are so pretty, can't plant them here yet, it is a little early.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Pick me-I need something spring-like here as it is still snowing in NH.

8:26 AM  

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